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Welcome to the Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy services for the University of Leeds are located in the Emmanuel Centre, next to the Laidlaw Library. The Chaplaincy is here for staff and students.

Chaplains are available for drop-in visits and for appointments, and we have a 24/7 out-of-hours phone service.

Use the Chaplaincy:

  • Whether you have a faith (Christian, Jewish, Muslim etc.) or have no religious beliefs.
  • When you need someone independent and confidential to talk to.
  • If you’re finding life difficult or you have a tricky decision to make.
  • If you have lost someone close to you.
  • If you want to explore spirituality.

We will not try to make you religious, we are here to help you in any way that we can.

You can choose to see any of the University's chaplains and faith advisors. Call the main office on 0113 343 5071 or email to check availability, or just call by.


Lead Chaplain – Rev. Anthea Colledge

Anthea Colledge

Hi, I’m the Anglican (Church of England) chaplain (pronouns she/her) and Lead Chaplain for the University of Leeds.

I’ve lived in Leeds since 2010 and have been here as a chaplain since 2018. Before that I worked at the University of Sheffield's multifaith chaplaincy, and I've also worked in mental health and learning disability projects for the NHS and Local Authorities in London. I’ve been adopted by Yorkshire, but I come originally from the South East of England.

As a chaplain my natural habitat is the coffee shop, so I’m always happy to go for a coffee and chat about life, the universe and everything. I can probably chat most intelligently about Christian spirituality, mental health and wellbeing, faith-related equalities and inclusion, or my very badly behaved dog Taffy, but I’m up for trying any topic once!

Alongside working as a chaplain I also finished a part-time PhD at the University of Leeds in 2021 so I have experienced the University from different angles and understand some of the pressures (and joys) of postgraduate life from the inside.

I am also the LGBT Champion for the Christian chaplaincy.

Emmanuel Centre G.03
07851 756696

Click here for the main Christian Chaplaincy website


Muslim Student Advisor - Farhat Yaqoob

Unity LogoFarhat Yaqoob joined the university in 2014. She works full-time and is very much in demand, as much for her general brilliance in caring for people as for her expertise in the practice of the Islamic faith. Her office is in the Emmanuel Centre and you can make an appointment with her by calling on 07713 707 857 or email

Farhat is also the instigator of the many Unity activities that you will see around campus. Her aim is to unite people around our similarities regardless of our home cultures, religions and interests. She makes a big impact on the life of the university and is happy to counsel anyone, staff or student, Muslim, any faith or no faith.


Jewish Chaplain - Rabbi Zecharia Deutsch

You can learn more about Jewish Chaplaincy at the national University Jewish Chaplaincy website as well as Jewish chaplaincy in the Leeds and Yorkshire areas.

Contact Zecharia directly:


Other sources of help and support

Click for the University’s webpage showing the full range of Support and Wellbeing Services available.

Click to find out what support is available from Student Counselling and Wellbeing.

LUU’s Student Advice Centre provides a range of advice for many situations that can affect your health and wellbeing, including handling online bullying.